Program announced

The Australian Superyacht, Marine Export and Commercial Marine Industry Conference (ASMEX) provisional program for 2019 has been announced and once again there is a strong line up of speakers and session topics.

26 April 2019


AIMEX will again host the 2019 ASMEX Conference to be held from Monday 20 May to Tuesday 21 May 2019 at the InterContinental Resort Hotel, Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, Australia.

As a prominent body for the Australian marine export, commercial and superyacht industries, AIMEX continues to actively promote Australia’s marine capabilities on both the local and international stage.

Now in its ninth year, the 2019 ASMEX Conference brings together not only topical speakers and challenging debate from key industry players, it also contributes to setting the agenda for the future promotion of the marine export industry tackling crucial challenges and sparking new initiatives.

The 2019 theme on ‘Driving innovation and sustainability’ will include a focus on environmental and sustainability initiatives driven by the marine industry, what programs are working and why, where the industry can improve and how new innovations from our industry are critical to increasing our rate of progress.


Visitors will hear from high profile national and international guest speakers and key industry figures who will present the latest best practice examples from their markets and domains.

As the ultimate conference in Australia for the marine export industry, ASMEX 2019 will continue to build on its solid reputation for delivering quality and current industry information and invaluable networking opportunities.  The conference has gained significant momentum over the last eight years and is set to attract an even greater presence of Australian and international delegates and speakers in 2019.

Guest speakers for ASMEX 2019 include:

  • Craig Norris, CEO, Victoria International Marina and Nigel Beatty from The Someya Group Limited, Japan discussing their northern Pacific rim perspectives and the impact on the southern hemisphere
  • Aaron Young, Vice Commodore, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron speak on the latest planning and progress on the 36th Americas Cup in Auckland
  • Vasco Buonpensiere from Cantiere delle Marche present on Australia and the global supply chain
  • Andy Ridley, CEO Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef provide an overview on the true state of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Mark Stothard, Echo Yachts share the amazing experience of the innovation and journey of the build of White Rabbit
  • Carmen Lau-Stratton, Camper and Nicolson Asia, Peter Mahony  from Benetti Asia, Andy Shorten, The Lighthouse Consultancy and Zara Tremlett, The Superyacht Services Guide discuss progress in the region from sales, cruising, chartering and infrastructure perspective
  • Rob Miley, Tasmania Maritime Network and Roger Janes, Richardson Devine Marine Construction and others on the current marine industry in Tasmania from shipbuilding, refit + repairs and ferry building to tourism, cruising grounds and vessel visitation levels
  • Matt Zadnikar, CEO, SeaNet on his journey from sailing, to building and owning a luxury superyacht
  • Nigel Beatty will also present on the latest developments in Japan for the RWC this year and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020
  • Kiran Haslam, Princess Yachts and Vasco Buonpensiere on how can Australia make more of an impact in European markets?
  • The Superyacht Australia panel – Barry JenkinsPeter RedfordCameron BrayKathleen Ferguson and Chris Blackwell discuss the impact of three global international events in the Pacific + the opportunities it provides the Australian industry
  • Martin Redmayne, The Superyacht Report and David Good, CEO, AIMEX speak on the state of the superyacht industry globally and locally


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